Serves as point of contact for patients with cancers who are under the direct care of a hematologist/oncologist.
Coordinates and expedites care from diagnosis, to treatment and its complications, and ultimately on to survivorship/end of life care issues.
Works closely with numerous disciplines to assure patients avoid missed opportunities in their healthcare.
Analyzes and appropriately manages laboratory and radiology results and provides information to physicians and patients as appropriate.
Advocates for holistic care through patient/family education and physician interaction and implements an educational plan to meet the patient care needs of the Hematology/Oncology patient.
Demonstrates sound judgment, flexibility and strong decision-making skills in delivery of patient care and readily identifies patient complications.
Ability to work effectively with patients with a variety of medical and psychiatric conditions; demonstrates physical and psychosocial assessment skills.
Readily identifies ethical dilemmas and appropriately consults provider, multi-disciplinary team, nurse manager or seeks ethics consultation.
Collaborates with interdisciplinary team for admissions, transfers and discharges of patients throughout their outpatient experience.
Completes comprehensive nursing documentation according to standards.
Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for own nursing judgments and actions.
Demonstrates skills in professional communication, patient teaching and interpersonal relationships.
Promotes effective communication and resolves conflicts among staff.
Ability to function independently as well as with team members.
Participates in activities and committees within and outside the organization.
Supports the rights of patients to make informed decisions about their care; consults resources when appropriate to preserve patient/family rights.
Works with nursing and the interdisciplinary team to provide safe, seamless transitions for Veterans across all levels of care.
Promotes safe, effective and efficient care.
Participates in unit-based activities such as staff in-services and meetings to promote communication, education and knowledge among staff.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredBasic Requirements:
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. OR The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.
Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:
Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience.
Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience.
Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree.
Prior case management experience
Recent Oncology experience
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: light lifting, light carrying, reaching above the shoulder, use of fingers with both hands, near vision correctable to 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted), emotional and mental stability, and the ability to complete repetitive computer entry.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Resume (when listing previous employment please include month and year).
If prior military service, include all copies of your DD-214 or proof of service as well as proof of disability, if applicable. You must submit your documentation showing character of discharge.
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.
Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, etc.